When HP introduced the first desktop laser printer in 1984, its industrial design fit right in with the dawn of the personal computing era: large, plastic and unmistakably boxy.
And as print technology grew more sophisticated over the subsequent decades, these features didn’t change much, even as printers began to show up in people’s homes.
Today, HP’s desktop printers have as much thought put into the way they look as how they perform.
It’s one of the reasons why three HP printers were named among the most stylish products in the world at this year’s iF Design Awards. The winning products HP OfficeJet Pro 7740, HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile and HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile AiO won in the category for office-related items, a grouping that covered everything from conference room furniture to pens.
The HP OfficeJet 200 and HP OfficeJet 250 were designed with mobile professionals in mind. The All-in-One printers are sleek and compact, with a black finish that won’t collect fingerprints and will look good wherever they’re transported. They not only enable the scanning, printing and copying of documents from laptops, smartphones or tablets, but they also do so with the security features that preserve the sensitivity of many business documents, and important feature for mobile professionals who work in the field.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is a wide-format printer geared toward small- and medium-sized businesses that need an affordable All-in-One printer that can tackle projects of all sizes. It produces high-quality printed materials at a lower cost per page and its wide-format options give companies the features they need to push the limits of their designs.
The HP OfficeJet printers were recognized for their unique premium design, quiet performance and compact size by a jury of over 58 independent experts from all over the world. The competition was intense: more than 5,500 entries were submitted from 59 countries in categories that range from cars to jewellery to architecture.
“At HP, we’re focused on reinventing all aspects of the customer experience by bringing innovation and design together in an integrated way, said Anneliese Olson, GM and Global Head of Home Printing Solutions at HP. "Industrial design has shifted to the center of our design creation process for the OfficeJet Pro line-up – including how the device will look, what it feels like to operate, how customers will interact with it and also its finishes so it fits into people’s homes and offices in a way they want it to look and feel."